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Join Date: May 2009
Location: pa, westmoreland
Re: 2 reloading questions
My first question too you, what are you planning to use this ammo for.
You are just starting out, take it slow.
If you are loading for hunting ammo or 100 yard paper punching. Use the listed OAL provided in the manual for the bullet you will be using.
Starting out, get the basics down. There are several steps that go into match grade ammo. Setting the bullet just off the lands is only one.
And as said above is no guarantee you will get one hole groups.
As to the second part of your question, if just starting out, get the Lyman 49th.I rate it the best of the generic manuals. I own several manuals, but if were looking for one to start out with, this would be the one.
But then if you know that you will be shooting say Hornady bullets exclusively, then get the Hornady manual.
A side note a lot of guy’s think they need to load the hottest Cartridge possible.
I have found over the years this to be the furthest thing from the truth.
Most times it’s just the opposite. Always start close to min, charge and work up. Hot loads very hard on components and the firearm, and in most cases you will also start loosing accuracy.
Do a search of ladder or Audette method of working up a load.
Good luck with reloading and be safe.